Kerry J Miller, BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
Due to current restrictions on movement and contact I am now offering therapy over the phone and online via Zoom (free video conferencing software). It's a simple process - I email you, you click on the link and we meet virtually. I can talk you through it if needed.
My usual face-to-face in person work will resume as soon as government guidance says it is safe to do so.
Hello, my name is Kerry. I am a BABCP accredited CBT therapist and NMC Registered Mental Health Nurse. I work privately (usually) offering face-to-face treatment to adults of all ages who are experiencing anxiety, depression and/or any related difficulties, or just not feeling like themselves.
I left the NHS in 2019; I had been employed in the IAPT/Steps to Wellbeing service since 2008. Prior to this I had worked in a number of roles within (and outside) mental health since qualifying as a mental health nurse in 1990.
CBT is recommended by NICE as the treatment of choice across a very wide range of problems. Depending on individual need, the number of sessions might be between 6-20 for the so called 'common' mental health problems, and for those with ongoing or more complex issues longer term work might be appropriate, with regular review and top-up sessions by agreement. Treatment need not be rushed or rationed.
My approach is pluralistic, which means I draw from a number of evidenced treatment models, specifically the third wave approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and mindfulness.
I am particularly interested in working with military veterans, and have recently become involved with a fabulous local peer-led charity (The Veterans Hub in Weymouth).
I also have an interest in hoarding disorder and I am happy to work intensively and longer term with this to help individuals and families get their homes and lives back.
If you need help with difficulties associated with adjusting to change, health, anxiety or depression, want to explore your values, or just need to share your concerns in a confidential and supportive space, please feel free to contact me to arrange a free initial half an hour appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BABCP accredited CBT psychotherapist, a qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and an NMC Registered Mental Health Nurse. As such I am committed to continuing professional development and keep up-to-date with current research and developments in the field of psychology and well-being.
In recent years I have completed courses on How to Manage Pain and Accelerate Healing, Advanced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Behavioural Activation in Post Natal Depression, Therapist's use of Self in ACT, Compassion Focused Therapy for Complex Presentations and Compassion and Resilience in the Workplace.
This year I have attended additional training in Working with Disordered Eating (Anorexia) and Living Well with Cancer, and completed the ASIST course (Applied Suicide Intervention Training).
I also recently completed a Post Qualification Certificate in Long Term Health Conditions through the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at Kings College and Guys Hospital in London. Areas of study included COPD, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, persistent pain, coronary heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and medically unexplained physical symptoms (including functional and dissociative disorders).
I meet with similarly qualified and experienced therapists for peer supervision and discuss my work with a senior accredited supervisor regularly.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also work with sleep problems, specific phobias (including blood/needle/injury phobia), social anxiety and agoraphobia.
I have a particular interest in combat related PTSD and use ACT, CFT and (the not so well known) NICE approved Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) in my work at The Veterans Hub in Weymouth.
In hoarding disorder I can work flexibly in clients' own homes offering practical support and solutions alongside therapy.
I am currently offering no-fee initial contact by phone or Zoom, please email or call to arrange.
While we are all adjusting to the COVID-19 situation I am being as flexible as I possibly can in order to best meet needs. Zoom or phone sessions can be arranged as often as needed and be as long or short as required.
The following information relates to my usual face-to-face work, which is on hold during the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
For self-funding clients payment is usually made at the start of each session, £75 cash or cheque, and a reduced rate is offered of £300 for five sessions when paid in full, in advance.
Longer sessions (e.g. for PTSD or in intensive work) will incur higher charges.
Work on hoarding disorder is £150 per half day (3-4 hours), working in the clients' own homes, offering practical assistance alongside therapy.
For clients who are being funded through health insurance or employee assistance schemes please contact me to discuss.
While the COVID19 situation is developing, so is my practice. In line with current guidelines I am not currently meeting with people face to face; I have started offering online work using Zoom - I can guarantee confidentiality at my end if you can at yours, and I can talk you through setting it up if necessary.
The following information relates to my usual face-to-face work, which will resume when the COVID-19 situation has resolved:
It's always hard to know how many sessions will be needed, but a good rule of thumb is to commit to ten sessions, then at session ten we can take stock and see how you're getting on and see if you need any more. If you find that you don't need that many sessions that's fine too. Also, we have to be realistic - no therapy works for everyone, so if my approach doesn't seem right for you, or you're not happy with the way it's progressing, please say so, and it may be possible to refer you on the colleagues who use different approaches.
I work from premises in Bridport with parking, level access and a downstairs loo. I can also offer home visits in the local area if necessary (this may incur extra charges) and from The Veterans' Hub in Weymouth.